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Gunnison Valley Health Foundation Partners

The mission and vision of Gunnison Valley Health Foundation relies heavily upon partnerships with a variety of local, state, and national organizations. We are extremely grateful to all of our partners including:

The Center for Mental Health

The Center for Mental Health is a key partnership in enabling Gunnison Valley Health to integrate a Behavioral Health specialist into our primary care clinic at the Family Medicine Clinic. In the summer of 2016, Gunnison Valley Health hired Lorie Fuller in partnership with the Center for Mental Health to provide counseling and behavioral health support to patients.

The Center for Mental Health has been providing behavioral health services in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties since 1964.

They are a 501(c)(3) organization and are governed by a board of directors representative of the area served.

The Center for Mental Health can be found online at

Tough Enough to Wear Pink

Great things are happening at Gunnison Valley Health. We are excited to announce the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink Breast Care Services” at Gunnison Valley Health. As a result of the generous support of Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) and the vision of legendary songwriter Dean Dillon, Gunnison Valley Health is expanding services so our patients can receive more of the care they need right here in the Valley. In addition to digital mammography, patients can receive further detection and diagnosis with ultrasound, biopsies conducted, and much of their oncology and rehabilitation here at home, preventing the need to travel to other hospitals.

Tough Enough to Wear Pink has generously donated the major equipment that makes these expanded services possible. In addition to the digital mammography machine they donated, TETWP purchased the latest in ultrasound technology for the health system this year. Following an abnormal mammogram, the ultrasound technology provides a clearer picture of breast tissue, and a more accurate diagnosis without delay. In the first month of utilizing the ultrasound, three women were able to have their mammogram followed up with ultrasound, giving them a definite answer and relieving concern.

Gunnison Valley Health is investing in this commitment with TETWP. In the summer of 2014, Gunnison Valley Health hired Dr. Stephania Timothy, a general surgeon, who provides expertise in breast cancer and breast care and prevention. Dr. Timothy provides medical direction for TETWP Breast Care Services. Gunnison Valley Health is bringing in vacuum assisted and stereotactic technology, which works with the ultrasound to provide better, more exact tissue sampling and more accurate pathology reports. Additionally, Gunnison Valley Health has purchased a computer aided system that better detects issues in women with dense breasts. Mammography alone proves only 50% effective in detecting issues in these patients. This technology will increase our detection ability for patients with dense breast tissue, who are twice as likely to develop breast cancer.

In the winter of 2016, Gunnison Valley Health hired an Oncology Nurse Navigator to assist with patients undergoing cancer treatment. The nurse navigator walks alongside patients and assist in any way possible, from providing information on financial counseling to helping with scheduling. Part of the funding for the Gunnison Valley Health Oncology Nurse Navigator position has been generously provided by TETWP.

Tough Enough to Wear Pink, and the equipment they have generously donated, allows Gunnison Valley Health to expand the services we can provide to our patients. The TETWP Breast Care Services, the Gunnison Valley Health Oncology Services and Rehabilitation Department, together allow us to provide greater health care to our community in the Gunnison Valley and our visitors. And we will continue to grow! The goal of the Tough Enough to Wear Pink collaboration with Gunnison Valley Health, says Dean Dillon, is for Gunnison Valley Health to “become the best small hospital in the country for breast care and breast cancer care.” Thanks to the generosity of TETWP and the commitment of Gunnison Valley Health we are on our way.

Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) generously supports healthcare in the Gunnison Valley by partnering with Gunnison Valley Health to offer financial assistance for mammograms. Residents of Gunnison and Hinsdale Counties (Lake City) whose doctors have recommended mammograms can benefit from TETWP assistance.

First, patients must visit their healthcare provider (patients without a regular health care provider may contact the Public Health offices, who will refer them to a physician). If the physician determines the need for a mammogram, he or she will fill out an order (or prescription) for a mammogram. Patients may then take the order to Patient Financial Services at Gunnison Valley Health, who will provide vouchers for those in need.

Please note that qualifying for a mammogram or diagnostic breast imaging service is at the physician’s discretion. Your physician will factor age, family history, and personal history into his or her decision. Vouchers will only be given to patients with a doctor's prescription.

Click here to read more about our Tough Enough to Wear Pink partner

Click here to read more about how we partnered with TETWP to enhance breast care services in the Gunnison Valley

Other Partnerships:

In addition to the Center for Mental Health and Tough Enough to Wear Pink, the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation is grateful to the following organizations for their past partnerships.

Gunnison Valley Health Foundation
711 North Taylor Street | Gunnison, CO 81230 | 970-641-8406 | (970)641-7239 (Fax)